Planning to Achieve Result
One aspect of driving inclusion and accessibility for people with disability is through planning. However, it is not just about planning; it involves strategic planning that ensures that the local government can identify community needs and respond to these needs appropriately.
Today, various local governments across Australia are mandated to develop and provide a workable plan to achieve its goal of inclusion. This involves establishing specific action plans. In other cases where it is not mandatory, it has become a necessity for local governments who intend to drive inclusion.
As such, you will find a wide variety of plans across various local governments. In fact, some local governments have adopted more than one plans, improving on previous plans. Regardless of the local government, one thing, however, remains a necessity. Precisely, such plan must follow a step-by-step process for it to be functional and effective.
The various mechanisms through which local governments establish and plan to achieve results include.
The first step for all local government is to identify the target it intends to achieve. Typically, this will involve not only setting the target but setting a timeline to achieve such targets. In the same vein, the identification of this target must follow through a comprehensive process.
This is to ensure that the local government can truly identify targets that meet the needs of the community. For instance, the local government must collaborate with other stakeholders as it sets its plan. In the same way, the local government must identify metrics to measure its performance.
Establish an Action Plan
Following the identification of the target, the local governments must develop an action plan. This will detail its step-by-step approach through which it intends to achieve the targets it earlier identified.
This will include creating documentation that details corporate and operational plans over a period. It will guide departmental actions. It will also assign responsibility for the completion of various aspects under the planning.
Provide Accessible Infrastructure
Access is a core part of inclusion. It allows individuals with a disability to remain integrated with the various activities within the community. In turn, one of the key components of every action plan is to provide accessible infrastructure to people with disability.
One major regulation that guides the action of local government under this area is the Building Code of Australia. It provides various minimum standards that local movements must abide with.
Create Programs and Increase Access to Such Programs
It remains a vital component of inclusion that local governments prioritise making relevant programs accessible to people with disability. This involves the creation of programs that consider the peculiarities of people with disability and prioritise them. This way, they can remain integrated with society at large.
Local governments must measure outcomes of their plans at least yearly. This will involve detailing whether the various activities and plans yielded the desired impacts. Outcomes can get accessed under metric such as engagement, network and partnerships established, increase in local employment, increase in capacity and advocacy.